Eye strain due to prolonged use of computers is the problem of the modern age. Unfortunately, most of us have to use computers on a daily basis, either at work or at home. Fortunately, there are ways you can help out your eyes without having to switch jobs.
Adjust Monitor Tilt
If you work on a laptop, even small changes in your position can affect the way in which you view your screen. Make sure you’ve adjusted your monitor every time you shift in your chair. The change may seem insignificant, but if you don’t have a clear image on your screen, the strain is going to build up.
Desktop monitors are more reliable in this respect, simply for the fact that they’re larger. Still, you should make sure they are set-up optimally. If tilting your monitor is not an option, consider changing your sitting position, or adjust the height of your chair.
Move Further Back
There should be a comfortable distance between you and your monitor. If you have trouble seeing at greater distances, it’s better to change your view settings than moving closer to the screen. Enlarge your view, and adjust color settings to get a better contrast.
Moving away from the monitor can also help you sit correctly. Ideally, you should be sitting upright, without forcing your shoulders and neck. You should be able to view your monitor while looking straight ahead, without having to bend your neck either back or forward.
Keep Eye Drops Handy
While we focus on the computer screen, we often times just forget to blink. This can cause eye dryness and irritation. If the problem gets too annoying, it might be a good idea to use artificial tears to help your eyes out.
Artificial tears are made to simulate the natural lubricant that prevents our eyes from drying up. They’re safe to use, though its’ best if you don’t rely on them too much. Make sure you know how to choose which eye drops to use. They can cause mild irritation, and if you’re already suffering from computer strain, your eyes are probably sensitive already.
Take Real Breaks
Everybody knows that it’s important to take a break every 50 minutes or so. But taking a break doesn’t mean looking at non-work related websites. You need to get up, walk around and look away from your monitor.
You can use this opportunity to lightly massage your eyes. Do not rub them, but gently cup them in the palms of your hands. Computer strain can also affect the way your eyes look, but luckily there about 15 ways to get rid of dark circles and puffiness you can try out at home.
Dim Ambient Light
Too much ambient light can make your eye strain even worse. Position your monitor in such a way that light doesn’t fall directly on it. The lack of contrast is going to force your eyes to stay focused, and it’s going to tire them out.
Consider installing heavy drapes, or blinds to reduce the amount of daylight that falls into the room. If you’re using artificial lighting, avoid white light. It’s usually brighter and can be very tiring. If you have multiple light sources, don’t turn them all on. Turn on just a few, preferably those that are further away. If you have one single light source in the room, it’s best if you use smaller light bulbs with a warm light.
With these few simple tricks, you can significantly reduce computer eye strain. If you notice your problems are persistent, consider visiting an optometrist. After a consultation, they’ll be able to offer you advice that’s tailored to your needs.
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